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Jim Witter’s Piano Men (A Musical Journey Through the ’70s Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel)

April 25, 2014 — 8:00 p.m.

Dove and Juno Award nominee Jim Witter and his live band salute two of the world’s most popular contemporary songwriters—Elton John and Billy Joel—in what promises to be an entertaining evening celebrating the music of a generation.

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Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding) featuring Cordis Quartet with LehrerDance

May 3, 2014 — 8:00 p.m.

LehrerDance returns to Rochester for Dance Festival 2014 with the critically acclaimed Cordis Quartet to present an electrifying new work that combines the most thrilling elements in contemporary performing arts.

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Rochester City Ballet's Cinderella

May 17, 2014 — 2:00 p.m.
May 17, 2014 — 7:30 p.m.
May 18, 2014 — 2:00 p.m.

Magical in its scope, Rochester City Ballet’s Cinderella is a visual treat for all ages—an experience that makes the beauty and artistry of ballet accessible for children and adults alike.

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U-Theatre Taiwan: Sound of the Ocean

October 2, 2014 — 7:00 p.m.

This extraordinary group from Taiwan combines martial arts, drumming, and dance in a stunning blend of ancient and modern cultures. The company explores two themes in its work: the meaning of existence and the integration of art into life. Their monumental piece, Sound of the Ocean, represents the “water of life, which nourishes our souls.”

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Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles

November 1, 2014 — 8:00 p.m.

The only show officially authorized to perform the music of the original super group, Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles faithfully reproduces the sound of the Eagles’ studio recordings. Enjoy timeless mega-hits like “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” “One of These Nights,” and, of course, “Hotel California” during an amazing live performance of the sounds that defined a generation.

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

November 9, 2014 — 2:00 p.m.

Winner of a Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band was also named Best New Children’s Artist by USA Today, and People Magazine named their CD A Potluck the “#1 Cool Kid’s Album of the Year!” The group combines clever lyrics with fresh pop beats to create catchy indie tunes that explore the wonder and joy of childhood.

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National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Cirque Peking

November 16, 2014 — 7:00 p.m.

Direct from Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China present their spectacular new show, Cirque Peking. One of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China, the company is known worldwide for its unique and spectacular stunts that seem to defy human anatomy, physics, and gravity.

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Garth Fagan Dance

December 3, 2014 — 7:30 p.m.
December 4, 2014 — 8:00 p.m.
December 5, 2014 — 8:00 p.m.
December 6, 2014 — 2:00 p.m.
December 6, 2014 — 8:00 p.m.
December 7, 2014 — 2:00 p.m.
December 7, 2014 — 7:30 p.m.

Join internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance in its 44th season, with two premieres by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell. Garth Fagan, recently selected as a BILL MCCREARY LIVING LEGEND by the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, will bring his “…astonishing…” (New York Times) company of dancers to the Arts Center for seven performances of premieres and revivals.

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Doug & Gary’s 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

December 13, 2014 — 2:00 p.m.

Ahoy, mateys! Join award-winning hometown kid-rockers Doug & Gary, the Happy Pirates, as they reunite for one day only to celebrate 25 years of performing! Doug & Gary are sure to get your entire family singing, dancing, and laughing with their Parents' Choice Award-winning classics like “Popcorn,” “Surfin’,” and their signature anthem, “I’m a Happy Pirate.”

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The Capitol Steps

December 31, 2014 — 6:30 p.m.
December 31, 2014 — 10:00 p.m.

The Capitol Steps will return to the Arts Center for their traditional New Year’s Eve show of hilarious, politically based satire. Irreverent, unique, and adamantly bi-partisan, The Capitol Steps always provide fresh material that references current headlines. They have recorded more than 30 albums, including their latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying!

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Theatreworks USA: Skippyjon Jones

January 17, 2015 — 12:00 p.m.
January 17, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.

Based on the wildly popular, award-winning book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your imagination and following your dreams. This production is presented by Theatreworks USA, America’s largest and most prolific theater for family audiences.

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Atlantic Theatre Company: Ivy + Bean: The Musical

February 7, 2015 — 12:00 p.m.
February 7, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.

Produced by Maximum Entertainment and the Tony Award-winning Atlantic Theatre Company, Ivy + Bean: The Musical is based on the New York Times best-selling children’s books series by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackhall. The award-winning series explores the unexpected friendship between two very different second graders—the wild and goofy Bean and the quiet, contemplative Ivy.

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Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater

February 14, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a special performa nce by the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT), known for its modern, athletic approach and diverse styles. With company members who have danced for CirqueDu Soleil in Vegas as well as on So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars, LVCDT brings high energy and unique showmanship to the stage.

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Swingtime! Featuring the Jive Aces and the Tinseltown Jitterbugs

February 21, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

Direct from London, Swingtime! features internationally acclaimed recording artists the Jive Aces along with the swing dancers Tinseltown Jitterbugs. Together, these performers will rock the house with their superior musicianship, high energy, original songs, and fresh arrangements of swing/jive/R&B classics by greats such as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.!

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Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Evita

March 1, 2015 — 7:00 p.m.

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the world for presenting the most authentic and uncompromising examples of tango. The company’s all-new production, Song of Evita, portrays the life of Eva Perón, from her humble beginnings to her prominent role as Argentina’s captivating First Lady.

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Jessica Lang Dance

March 7, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

Hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, Jessica Lang has created more than 80 works for some of the world’s most notable companies. Lang seamlessly blends striking design elements and reinterpreted classical ballet language to create artfully crafted works. Jessica Lang Dance premiered to sold-out houses at Jacob’s Pillow.

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Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

March 21, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

Modern magic is about drama, danger, and personality, and the Spencers won’t disappoint! Hailed as “International Magicians of the Year” as well as “Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year” (six times), the Spencers have entertained audiences worldwide and remain one of the most sought-after illusion teams in the country.

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Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure

May 2, 2015 — 11:00 a.m.
May 2, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure brings the beloved stars of the hit PBS series to the stage for the first time, with magical special effects and unique hybrid puppeteered characters. This interactive, musical show will have everyone up and dancing in the aisles.

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Rochester City Ballet: Peter and the Wolf

May 16, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.
May 17, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.

"Boys like me aren't afraid of wolves!" Against his grandfather’s wishes, brave Peter sets out to capture a wolf and becomes the hero of his village. Based on the popular Russian folktale and set to Prokofiev's world-famous score, this captivating ballet performed by the Rochester City Ballet will delight audiences of all ages!

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Jim Witter’s Piano Men (A Musical Journey Through the ’70s Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel)
Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding) featuring Cordis Quartet with LehrerDance
Rochester City Ballet's Cinderella
U-Theatre Taiwan: Sound of the Ocean
Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Cirque Peking
Garth Fagan Dance
Doug & Gary’s 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert
The Capitol Steps
Theatreworks USA: Skippyjon Jones
Atlantic Theatre Company: Ivy + Bean: The Musical
Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater
Swingtime! Featuring the Jive Aces and the Tinseltown Jitterbugs
Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Evita
Jessica Lang Dance
Spencers: Theatre of Illusion
Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure
Rochester City Ballet: Peter and the Wolf
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